With all the news about drought and fires as of late, one might think that the sky is falling. I suppose in some places in the West it is, thanks to the ash from yet another wildfire blazing across thousands of acres of forest.

Colorado may not actually be on fire — as former Gov. Bill Owen so eloquently claimed in 2002 — but firefighters have been busier than a gopher on a golf course this summer, bouncing from one blaze to the next.

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